Last weekend was some weekend as we got the action, the headlines and some amazing fights – and incredible knockdowns!
Frank Buglioni got back to winning ways as he beat Emanuel Feuzeu after Feuzeu retired at the 6th. Anthony Fowler similarly got a very decent 6th round stoppage against Craig O’Brien.
The fight and comeback of the night must have been David Allen’s knock out of Nick Webb in only the 4th round. Allen is back and winning this eliminator for the British title means he has another big night under the lights to come.
That welterweight clash and rematch between Connor Benn and Cedrick Peynaud has laid to rest the previous encounter as Benn managed to win far more comfortably than before. The slow start this time did not end up with any knockdowns and going beyond 6 rounds show that Benn has learned but needs to learn more as he still found Peynaud tricky early on.
Light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi stopped Andrejs Pukemeiko after only one round and that was as impressive as previous wins… all good… Yarde next? Yes please…
The magic hands of Katie Taylor saw off the latest challenger, mandatory Kimberley Connor for the IBF and WBA titles at lightweight. It was another exceptional stoppage, this time in the 3rd round. Taylor is just a joy to watch and this was another tricky test passed…
Dereck Chisora entered the fray with a massive ask against Carlos Takam for the WBA international belt and it ended with an incredible answer – Chisora is ready for another crack at a bigger title. The reality though was he was behind for most of the fight and then out of nowhere, caught Takam with a peach of a punch in the 8th round. The story continues and now another appendix has been added…
With the WBC silver and WBO international titles on the line, Dillian Whyte beat Joseph Parker in impressive form with a performance that saw Parker hit the floor for the very first time and saw Whyte almost lose in the last round. Manuel Charr would be a fantastic next step and would involve some pigeons being thrown in amongst the title contenders. If that is to be Whyte’s route then another fight in the UK for Parker would be equally fantastic.
With a media circus around it, in Aberdeen, BIBA brought all kind of crazy with a top of the bill that continued to set the tabloids ablaze and has still left some questions unanswered.
On that bill heavyweight Lee Kellet got a win against the journeyman Ryan Kilpatrick on points over 4 rounds, heavyweight Nathan Beattie did not fight for the PBC international title but got his win against Michael Kelly with a busted hand and fought for most of the fight one handed but still won handily on points.
A welterweight contest for the PBC Celtic silver championship followed between Leon Roberts and Marty Keyes and Roberts managed a comfortable points win. Super middleweight Nathan DeCastro was supposed to be in the ring against Agoe Ashong for the PBC international and Commonwealth titles but ended up facing David Okai without any belts on the line. A first round stoppage followed and again BIBA suffer from VISA issues over an original opponent.
Lightweight Iain Weaver was to face Emanuel Ado for the PBC Commonwealth crown but Addo was refused a VISA. Weaver got in the ring against Michael Barnor and stopped him in the first round to take the PBC Silver International championship.
The headline act was Lee McAllister as a heavyweight against Danny Williams for the WBU heavyweight title. A lot has been written about this and the story shows that McAllister, 7 divisions above his first fighting weight stopped Williams in the 10th round. The British Boxing Board of Control condemned the fight, BIBA sanctioned the fight and now McAlister in his second fight as a heavyweight is a world champion.
In an interview afterwards Gianluca Do Carlo, head of BIBA, sought to justify the fight by pointing out that various other bodies sanctioned it and he, and BIBA, had hoped they would not. It sounds like dodging responsibility and does not help BIBA’s cause. Of course, somebody once said though that there is no such thing as bad publicity, but he is currently doing a prison stretch for sexual assault…
Finally, in Los Angeles the IBF and WBC lightweight tiles went to an impressive Mikey Garcia who beat Robert Easter Jr on points. Garcia had Easter Jr down during the fight and it was a pretty impressive set of scorecards at the end. He called out Errol Spence afterwards with many unsure if that was wise… What was undoubted was that Garcia showed once again he was the king of that ring…